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Water sprays out one of the windows of the home where a fire claimed one bedroom. (Submitted photo)

Child with lighter starts fire

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A house fire Sunday afternoon caused substantial damage to a single-story Hastings home at 808 W. 15th St. The fire department received the call at about 5 p.m.

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The fire was started by a child, said Assistant Fire and EMS Director John Townsend. The 8-year-old was playing with a lighter in his bedroom and ignited some material from his bed. The fire grew from there.

The boy alerted his family, and they exited the home. It didn't take long for the fire to spread.

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Katrina Styx
Katrina Styx has been a reporter for the Hastings Star Gazette since 2010. She has a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in journalism from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls. Prior to coming to Hastings, Katrina reported for weekly newspapers in Jordan, Minn., and River Falls, Wis.
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